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Old 06-08-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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Hi:

Would love some informatin about for Ft. Collins.

We are looking for a very safe area, great school system, lots of outdoorsy activities, great weather (cool area, we live in palm springs, ca), relatively diverse and houses in the price range of 200K - 300K.

Can we find this criteria in Ft. Collins?

Thanks,
Ron
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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Fort Collins is probably one of the better "big" cities on the Front Range. It has a lot of positives. The negative (that it shares with all of Front Range Colorado) is that it is growing way too fast--in the worst way: uncontrolled sprawl. Fort Collins will destroy what makes it desirable today if it continues down that path--which, sadly, it seems determined to do.

As for your "requirements," today's Fort Collins probably meets most of them. Tomorrow? That is a more open question.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:36 PM
 
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I think FC would be an excellent choice for you. Of the things you mentioned, only in the diversity category would Fort Collins come up short, it's quite honestly not very diverse. Although it is very convenient to outdoor actiities, one exception is resort skiing, where it is more distant to the I-70 resorts than the Denver area is, though there are plenty of opportunities for backcountry near Fort Collins. But other than that, I feel that FC would probably be just what you're looking for in a medium sized city.

As for sprawl, Fort Collins does share a predilection for sprawl with all the cities on the Front Range, though arguably recent history has shown Fort Collins much more interested in sustainability than its neighbors.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:40 PM
 
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A former boss of mine with 5 children (Mormons if that matters) could have chosen many places on the Front Range to live but he stayed up in Ft. Collins instead of moving in between the tire stores he owned. He had nothing but good to say about Ft. Collins.
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